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DOOM * STONER * SLUDGE * DRONE * PSYCHEDELIC ~ HOME OF THE DOOM METAL ALLIANCE REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS FROM THE UNDERGROUND

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    California heavy rockers HIGH ON FIRE have begun work on their new, as-yet-untitled studio album. The trio — guitarist/vocalist Matt Pike, drummer Des Kensel and bassist Jeff Matz — has convened for strategic writing sessions in both New Orleans, Lousiana and Oakland, California, with early reports indicating the band's new material to be both "epic" and "sonically huge." A winter 2015 tentative release via eOne is expected.

    "Des, Jeff and I are really getting creative and writing a hell of a new record," states Pike. "It's a crazy project and I can't really explain what it's all about just yet, but we've been writing a lot of crazy intense material that will up the ante, and bring things to another level."

    "Everyone is asking what the new HIGH ON FIRE music sounds like," adds Kensel. "Chew on some mescaline and listen to side B of SABBATH's 'Master Of Reality' backwards at 78 RPM and it might give you an idea."

    In addition to constructing the new album, HIGH ON FIRE has announced a handful of U.S. live dates as well as an Australian headlining tour and a European headlining trek. Australian tour will launch on July 16 in Brisbane and the European jaunt will kick off on July 23 in Germany and run through August 9 in London, England. Prior to the out-of-country dates, HIGH ON FIRE will undertake a Chicago-area residency that will begin on May 29 in Rock Island, Illinois. The band will then gig as one of the headliners of the Do-Division Street Fest on May 30 before back-to-back headlining shows at Chi-Town's Empty Bottle on May 31 and June 1.

    HIGH ON FIRE released the first official live recordings of its career with the two-volume set "Spitting Fire Live", which has been hailed as "high-volume intensity" by the Austin Chronicle, "hot as the infernos" by Pitchfork and a "documentation of the band's undiminished ferocity onstage" by the SF Weekly. Recorded over a two-evening New York City headlining stint at both Bowery Ballroom and Brooklyn's Music Hall Of Williamsburg, "Spitting Fire Live" showcases HIGH ON FIRE at its incendiary best, containing songs from each of the band's critically acclaimed studio albums including 2012's "De Vermis Mysteriis".

    Source: Blabbermouth
    Posted By Savannah

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    Oakland funeral doom legion, LYCUS, is in the final stages of locking down the second US tour in support of their mammoth 2013-released debut LP, Tempest.

    Following a maelstrom of critical acclaim for their cavernous creative delivery of soul-searing funeral doom on the three-song, over forty-minute Tempest, LYCUS toured the West Coast last Summer. Now the band is prepared to cross the continent to infiltrate the opposite coast and back on their way to take part in the five-day Brooklyn-based extreme metal event, Martyrdoom. The final venues on this long-haul for the band are being confirmed now, with a solid three-week venture planned, surrounding the band's performance at the final day of Martyrdoom 2014 on July 1st alongside Vilkacis, Evoken and Lord Mantis, with 20 Buck Spin labelmates Mournful Congregation headlining.




    LYCUS Tempest US Tour Part II:
    6/19/2014 TBA - Oakland, CA
    6/20/2014 The Complex - Los Angeles, CA
    6/21/2014 Wallstreet Warehouse - Phoenix, AZ
    6/22/2014 Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
    6/23/2014 The Lost Well - Austin, TX
    6/24/2014 Mudlark Theatre - New Orleans, LA
    6/25/2014 TBA - Nashville, TB w/ Loss
    6/26/2014 TBA - Richmond, VA
    6/27/2014 Bar Clay House - Baltimore, MD
    6/28/2014 Golden Tea House - Philadelphia, PA
    6/29/2014 Dusk - Providence, RI
    7/01/2014 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY @ Martyrdoom Fest
    7/02/2014 Gooski's - Pittsburgh, PA
    7/03/2014 Live Wire Lounge - Chicago, IL
    7/04/2014 TBA - Kansas City, MO
    7/05/2014 Bar Bar - Denver, CO
    7/06/2014 Shred Shed - Salt Lake City, UT
    7/08/2014 The Black Lodge - Seattle, WA
    7/09/2014 East End - Portland, OR


    Recorded and mixed at hometown Earhammer Studios with Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Pallbearer, Samothrace, High On Fire), LYCUS seemingly adds new vitality to the funeral doom genre with Tempest. While references to Mournful Congregation, Ahab, Thergothon and Noothgrush are foreseeable, the band delivers both caustic and clean riffs and interjects multiple vocal styles and additional instrumentation which elevate the material on Tempest to their own place among the scene's veterans and forerunners, and the album even claiming the #18 spot in Decibel Magazine's top 40 albums of the year.

    Stream and purchase Tempest digitally HERE  and order the CD and LP versions of the beast HERE.

    "Lycus see the hope in doom... a symphony of cell-decaying hymns and chanted vocals that crumple under the gravity field of a vast, blackened, panicked interlude. 9/10" - Decibel

    "It's difficult to make a subgenre like funeral doom feel fresh and vital, but Lycus are trying their damnedest to do just that... with Tempest they've harnessed the elemental power of an oncoming storm." - Pitchfork

    "It's that moment of cathartic victory right before everyone dies at the end of a Senecan tragedy - awful, but somehow satisfying. And Lycus achieves that here." - Stereogum

    "This is one awfully, beautifully dark record. Wholly and unrelentingly painful, Lycus walk into grief with thick skin and mud-caked fists." - Heavy Planet

    "...an album so full of loss, so full of depressive grief, that if you closed your eyes and stared into the darkness long enough you may lose yourself and never make it back..." - Metal Insider

    "...a debut LP that's rich and full of effortless wonder and the dignified restraint to be found on the record belies the band's youth at every turn." - Cvlt Nation


    For coverage of LYCUS and all 20 Buck Spin artists contact dave@earsplitcompound.com.

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    Source: Earsplit PR
    Posted By Savannah



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    My ears are ringing this morning. Usually that's only happened after a Sabbath or High On Fire gig, but yet here we are. What? Oh, I'm sorry, I thought you said something. Nevermind.

    Last night was my first visit The Boot & Saddle, way down on south broad st. Took almost an hour from up here to get there, but man, was it worth it. This is what a good show can be like. 2 bands, both stunning, and amazing, longer sets.

    The Boot & Saddle, as per some research, was (honorably?) Philadelphia's only country/western bar. There are others now? Whatever. There were tin ceilings, cowboys on colts on murals. (For a second I was unsure whether they'd allow "Jewy" looking stoned rockers in, but all kidding aside, this is a great venue.) The sound system is the same used at Union Transfer for 500 people. Well last night for 150 (less?), it proved more than adequate I surmise, with this incessant ringing in my head.

    Perhaps? took the stage at 8:30 as stated, and proceeded to blow every single onlooker away. I had never heard of these guys, but man, they are on my radar now. The bassist is the real prodigy at 22 years young, writes all the material apparently. This band has more riffs than God himself, all due praise to Iommi aside. The bassist played a few styles too, which was probably why I kept watching him. He can do the Les Claypool/tool math/jazz stuff, then throw in blues ala Geezer fucking Butler, all seamlessly. This was mostly in the red music, but the quieter moments were gorgeous. These are well trained musicians. Blues, jazz, classical, metal, funk, pop, psych...it was all a blur of loud rock that I was left scratching my head at. There is a Bandcamp apparently, so some due support is coming there way from my end. I suppose you could have labeled them psych, but that's a gross understatement of the sounds they're capable of culling from. It was heavy...it was...uh, it just blew me away. All before the damned headliners. That's a good start for a gig right there. The drummer was fast and hard, and the guitarist has a nice, loose style. I can't wait to catch them again.


    An hour later, AMT took the stage.  4 ancient monks and a younger rhythm guitarist, maybe a nephew?  Collective is right.  All 5 added to the heavy psych stew; sometimes the bassist blew me away, half the time Kawabata was on fire.  Kawabata for me is the Japanese equivalent of Al Cisneros, except on a 6 stringed squealing strat.  He seemed to be locked into a riff for an hour and a half, but during certain rising parts, he'd go off on his amazingly unique solos, touching the headstock to the rafters, whammying into the night,  Their drummer on this tour, god he looked like Ginger Baker's age, but he was hitting harder and faster.  Shit, he was nearly bald.  Anyone got an age on that dude?!  Well, I suppose the tour name promised me an astrogasm, and yes, thank you for asking, my ears had one.  I was elated to finally catch this band; with Boris and Church of Misery already crossed off the list, this completes my land of the rising sun trifecta.  The 34th day of the tour, the last tonight (the 28th) at the Bowery, and neither band seemed the least bit tired.  Everyone gave it their all, and I got to swish my hair around and plus, with no chemicals, I practically tripped inside this place with cowboys and interstellar space-love-music all swirling around us.  It was absolutely absurd to even think about a hard psych band playing a saloon, but damn, it worked.  The red light was on, but not for regular gasms.  Oh no.  These lights were to add to the astrogasm, the ear enjoyment, the cochlear coming.  Ah, magical. 

    If you're unaware of AMT, for shame.  If you're unaware of Perhaps, get aware now.

    Next we go Swedish voodoo for Goat @ Union Transfer 6/17.  Thank you as always for reading, and I hope you had a lovely holiday.

    Until then, SabbathJeff over and out.

    AMT | Facebook

    Words: Sabbath Jeff

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    Dallas swampadelic fuzz faction, WO-FAT, today drops a brand new resin-coated canticle for your bong-ripping enjoyment. Titled "The Conjuring," the smoke-fueled number comes by way of the band's forthcoming new full-length of the same name.

    Much in the same vein as their last two offerings - 2012's The Black Code and 2011's Noche del Chupacabra - The Conjuring boasts big jams and brawny riffs, the sort of record that turns the vaguely interested into converts and makes the corners on squares look even sharper. Guitarist/vocalist Kent Stump, bassist Tim Wilson and drummer/backing vocalist Michael Walter are jazz-combo tight and their roll is easy and natural, much like Fu Manchu, but far bigger and in the case of The Conjuring, far darker. There's been a creature lurking in the woods since WO FAT's 2006 debut, The Gathering Dark. Their second album, 2009's Psychedelonaut, pulled back on the threat some to lighten the mood, but whether it's the motor-driven rush of "Read The Omens" or the you're-already-lost-in-it riff-exploration of seventeen-minute closer "Dreamwalker," The Conjuring is indeed a backwoods ritual. Bluesmen have sold their souls for less. Topped off with a mastering job from Nolan Brett at Stump's studio and an otherworldly cover courtesy of Alexander Von Wieding, the beast that WO FAT's tectonic riffage calls to earth has never seemed more real or more alive than it does on The Conjuring.

    Get down with the contact high of "The Conjuring," now smoking out the airwaves of Revolver at THIS LOCATION.

    And if you missed it, check out "Beggar's Bargain" at THIS LOCATION.

    The Conjuring will drop via Small Stone on June 17th, 2014 on CD, vinyl, and digitally. The vinyl edition -- 180 gram vinyl with deluxe jacket and poly-lined sleeves -- comes in transparent red  or black, each limited to 250 copies.

    In related news, WO FAT is currently levying their stoner rituals overseas on a twelve-date trek that commenced on May 27th in London. The journey includes an appearance at the illustrious Freak Valley Festival (today) sharing the stage with Truckfighters, Blues Pill, Solstafir, Mothership and more!

    WO-FAT Live 2014 [remaning dates]:
    5/30/2014 Freak Valley Festival 2014 - Netphen, DE
    5/31/2014 Jagerklause - Berlin, DE
    6/01/2014 Fonobar - Waraw, POL
    6/02/2014 Chemiefabrik - Dresden, DE
    6/03/2014 Chemiefabrik - Munich, DE
    6/04/2014 Kinski - Zurich, SW
    6/05/2014 Le Volume - Nice, FR
    6/06/2014 Rocksound - Barcelona, ESP
    6/07/2014 Peyote Fest - Madrid, ESP


    Preorder WO-FAT's The Conjuring today via Small Stone at THIS LOCATION.

    Wo Fat | Facebook
    Small Stone Official
    Small Stone Facebook

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    California rock giants HIGH ON FIRE have begin work on their new, as-yet-untitled studio album. The globally-celebrated group -- guitarist/vocalist Matt Pike, drummer Des Kensel and bassist Jeff Matz -- have convened for strategic writing sessions in both New Orleans, LA and Oakland, CA, with early reports indicating the band's new material to be both "epic" and "sonically huge". A winter 2015 tentative release date via eOne is expected for the new LP, the follow-up to 2012's De Vermis Mysteriis, which has been hailed as "not for the faint of heart " by The New Yorker and "a fantastically constructed bloodbath" by Entertainment Weekly.

    "Des, Jeff and I are really getting creative and writing a hell of a new record," states Pike. "It's a crazy project and I can't really explain what it's all about just yet, but we've been writing a lot of crazy intense material that will up the ante, and bring things to another level."

     "Everyone is asking what the new High on Fire music sounds like," adds Kensel.....

    "Chew on some mescaline and listen to side B of Sabbath's "Master of Reality" backwards at 78 RPM and it might give you an idea."

     In addition to constructing the new album, HIGH ON FIRE has announced a handful of upcoming U.S. live dates as well as an Australian headlining tour and a European headlining trek. The Land of Oz trek will launch on July 16 in Brisbane and the Euro jaunt will kick off on July 23 in Germany and run through August 9 in London, England.

         Previous to the out-of-country dates, HIGH ON FIRE will undertake a Chicago area residency that will begin on May 29 in Rock Island, IL. The band will then gig as one of the headliners of the Do-Division Street Fest on May 30 (w/ J Mascis, Bass Drum of Death, etc.) before back-to-back headlining shows at Chi-Town's Empty Bottle on May 31 and June 1.

    HIGH ON FIRE tour dates:
    May 30 Chicago, IL Do-Division Street Fest
    May 31 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
    June 1 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle

    July 16 Brisbane, Australia Crowbar
    July 17 Brisbane, Australia Crowbar
    July 18 Perth, Australia The Rosemont Hotel
    July 19 Melbourne, Australia The Hi Fi
    July 20 Sydney, Australia The Factory Theatre

    July 23 Hamburg, Germany Logo
    July 24 Tilburg, NL 013
    July 25 Köln, Germany Underground
    July 26 Barcelos, Portugal Milhões de Festa
    July 28 Stockholm, Sweden Slakthuset
    July 29 Oslo, Norway Bla
    July 30 Gothenburg, Sweden Truckstop Alaska
    July 31 Viveiro, Spain Resurrection Festival
    August 1 Paris, France Glazart
    August 2 Waarschoot, Belgium Roadkill
    August 3 Copenhagen, Denmark KB 18
    August 4 Malmo, Sweden Babel
    August 5 Berlin, Germany Magnet
    August 6 Prague, Czech Republic Brutal Assault Festival
    August 7 Stuttgart, Germany Kellerclub
    August 8 Oulu, Finland Jalometalli Festival
    August 9 London, United Kingdom Underworld
    September 6 Raleigh, NC Hopscotch Festival (w/ Mastodon, Sun Kil Moon, St. Vincent, Valient Thorr, etc.)



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    Oakland's progressive doom powerhouse, SECRETS OF THE SKY, and Tucson's bastard sons of sludge metal, GODHUNTER, will converge for their co-headlining tour in Las Vegas this weekend at the Doom In June Festival where they'll share the stage with Novembers Doom, Christian Mistress, Acid Witch, Ides of Gemini, Demon Lung and more this Friday, June 6th and Saturday, June 7th. From there, both acts will traverse through the West Coast and Southwestern states, the tour sponsored by American Aftermath. The new trek will hit Oakland, San Jose, Glendale, Palm Desert, Tucson and Phoenix through June 14th.

    A split cassette release between SECRETS OF THE SKY and GODHUNTER will be available for the first time in a limited run of 100 copies on the upcoming tour. This is the only place the album will be released until the Autumn months, when The Compound and Battleground Records will co-release a deluxe colored vinyl version and digital download, in time for Southwest Terror Fest III: The Western Front, where they'll both perform in the four-day event including Neurosis, Sunn O))), Goatsnake and tons more. Entitled Ghosts, both bands contribute brand new material to the split album both showcasing experimenting with new elements. Details on the LP edition will be released during the Summer months.

    American Aftermath recently interrogated both bands on the upcoming split, tour and loads of other topics. Read more on SECRETS OF THE SKY right HERE and GODHUNTER HERE.

    GODHUNTER & SECRETS OF THE SKY Spring Tour:
    6/06-07/2014 Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas, NV @ Doom In June [info]
    6/08/2014 Stork Club - Oakland, CA
    6/09/2014 The Rock Shop - San Jose, CA
    6/10/2014 Billy O's - Ventura, CA
    6/11/2014 The Complex - Glendale, CA
    6/12/2014 Palms Restaurant - 29 Palms, CA
    6/13/2014 The District Tavern - Tucson, AZ
    6/14/2014 Tempe Tavern - Phoenix, AZ


    Bearing the subtitle, A Conversation Between Hope and Despair, the fifty-minute dust storm of groove-laden, resin-coated sludge metal intensity GODHUNTER's City Of Dust debut LPdelivers is the most concise, diverse, and infectious hymns from the politically-motivated outfit to date. Through a brutally honest outcry the album boasts thought-provoking, thematic tirades against the governmental members and parties responsible for a wide array of vital societal issues. Released through a union of Earsplit's label, The Compound, and GODHUNTER's Battleground Records, City Of Dust is available in a deluxe 180-gram clear vinyl with rose splatter, poly-bagged with a black poly-lined sleeve and full-color 12"x24" lyric/liner sheet, as well as eco-friendly digipak.

    Italian label, Kolony Records, released SECRETS OF THE SKY's debut full-length, To Sail Black Waters, in October, exposing the planet to the band's expansive style of fusing progressive elements into their crushing doom metal foundation. Three of the band's six members each contribute with multiple instruments, layering synth/keys, violins and an array of vocal styles atop the crushing rhythm section and massive triple guitar attack, resulting in a dense and stunning forty-one minute opus ecorded at Trident Studios with engineer/producer Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head, Cattle Decapitation). The album appeared on many best of 2013 lists including Decibel, MetalSucks, Metal Injection, Metal Insider and more.

    For coverage of GODHUNTER and SECRETS OF THE SKY contact dave@earsplitcompound.com

    Dirt Weed Metal.Com
    Godhunter @ Bandcamp
    Godhunter @ Facebook
    Battleground Records @ Facebook
    Secret of the Sky @ Facebook

    Source: Earsplit PR
    Posted By Savannah



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    Denver blackened sludge trio, PRIMITIVE MAN, are delighted to spread their negativity with their band new video for "Antietam," now scarring eyes, tainting souls and frightening the weak at Bloody Disgusting.

    Filmed and created by Marcos Morales and Neil Barrett at Dirt City Studios in Austin, Texas, the graphic nine-minute clip combines live footage with blood, violence, cult rituals and nudity for an all-around uplifting viewing experience.

    Feast your eyes on the tantalizing visual chaos, courtesy of Bloody Disgusting, at THIS LOCATION.

    Following a June run of live takeovers through Europe set to kick off later this week, PRIMITIVE MAN, will levy their misanthropic canticles upon North America for a twenty-three-date trek set to commence on July 19th on their home turf. The band will be joined by Copenhagen hardcore/black metal merchants, Hexis.

    Comments PRIMITIVE MAN succinctly of the video and forthcoming live invasion, "A year in the making. See you on the road this summer. SUFFER."

    PRIMITIVE MAN:
    6/06/2014 Maloka Festival @ Autogere Espace Des Tanneries - Dijon FR
    6/07/2014 Kulturfabrik - Wetzikon CH
    6/09/2014 Arena Wien - Wien, AU
    6/11/2014 Gerberstrasse - Weimar, DE
    6/12/2014 Koma F - Berlin, DE
    6/13/2014 KB18 - Copenhagen, DK
    6/14/2014 Trojborg Beboerhus - Aarhus, DK 
    6/15/2014 Jaz (Matinee) - Rostock, DE w/ Weekend Nachos
    6/16/2014 Secret Show - Kassel, DE
    6/17/2014 Dynamo - Eindhoven, NL w/ Weekend Nachos
    6/18/2014 Kavka - Antwerp, BE w. Weekend Nachos, Ekzeem A, Nervous mothers
    6/19/2014 Stumpf - Hannover, DE w/ ?
    6/20/2014 Grind The Nazi Scum Fest @ Brückenkopf - Torgau DE
    6/21/2014 Kiel Explode Festival @ Alte Meierei - Kiel, DE w/ ?, Svffer, In The Hearts Of Emperors, Afterlife Kids
    6/22/2014 AZ - Köln, DE

    w/ Opium Lord:
    6/24/2014 Green Door Store - Brighton, UK
    6/25/2014 The Unicorn - London, UK
    6/26/2014 John The Baptist Crypt - Bristol, UK
    6/27/2014 Stuck On A Name Studios - Nottingham, UK
    6/28/2014 Bannermans - Edinburgh, UK
    6/29/2014 The Redhouse - Sheffield, UK  
    w/ Hexis: 
    7/19/2014 Hi-Dive - Denver, CO
    7/20/2014 West Wing - Omaha, NE
    7/21/2014 Davey's Uptown - Kansas City, MO
    7/22/2014 Rail 2 - Peoria, IL
    7/23/2014 The Melody Inn - Indianapolis, IN
    7/24/2014 Corktown Tavern - Detroit, MI
    7/25/2014 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL
    7/26/2014 SurfinBird Skateshop - Appleton, WI (early show)
    7/26/2014 Cactus Club - Milwaukee, WI
    7/27/2014 The Triple Rock - Saint Paul, MN
    7/28/2014 Zoo Cabaret - Winnipeg, MB
    7/29/2014 Local 510 - Calgary, AB
    7/30/2014 Biltmore - Vancouver, BC
    7/31/2014 Highline - Seattle, WA
    8/02/2014 Tonic Lounge - Portland, OR
    8/03/2014 Starlite Lounge - Sacramento, CA
    8/04/2014 Sub Mission - San Francisco, CA
    8/05/2014 First Church Of The Buzzard - Oakland, CA
    8/06/2014 Witch House - Santa Cruz, CA
    8/07/2014 5 Star Bar - Los Angeles, CA
    8/08/2014 Holland Project - Reno, NV
    8/09/2014 The Sugar Space - Salt Lake City, UT
    8/10/2014 Triple Nickel - Colorado Springs, CO

    PRIMITIVE MAN will be touring in support of their latest full-length, Scorn. Recorded by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio (Cephalic Carnage, Catheter, Cobalt, etc.), the record was initially unleashed early last year via a collaboration between Throatruiner and Mordgrimm Records before being reissued by Relapse in August. Dubbed a "totally malignant sounding record ... that will consume you whole if you're not careful," by Cvlt Nation, the record continues to reap critical worship globally. The Quietus boasts, "I cannot for the life of me imagine anything better was done with guitars in 2013. I recommend Scorn becomes your fix of racket immediately," American Aftermath commends Scorn's, "...seven tracks of pure hatred, self-loathing and psychotic rage," adding that "Scorn will instill feelings of dread and fear in you and you will love every freaking minute of it," while Metal Hammer calls it, "the best worst thing that has ever happened to you." About.com agrees, "this is one of the most brutal, unsettling and uncompromising albums you will hear all year," while Blabbermouth adds, "PRIMITIVE MAN seek to numb the senses and freeze the heart using lumbering tidal waves of bleak, suffocating sonic nihilism, more likely to reduce those who absorb it into helpless, convulsing fetal positions."

    Scorn can be streamed in its entirety via PRIMITIVE MAN's BandCamp HERE. Copies of the album, on both CD and vinyl can be purchased HERE.

    For all PRIMITIVE MAN coverage inquiries in North America contact liz@earsplitcompound.com, in the UK contact becky@pioneermusicpress.com, in the rest of Europe contact frank@pettingzoo.nl, elsewhere contact bob@relapse.com.

    Primitive Man Official Website
    Relapse.Com

    Source: Earsplit PR
    Posted By Savannah

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    Swedish stoner rock hellions, DEVILLE, will bring their hazy hymns to US shores this week. The seventeen-date journey will commence on June 5th in Madison, Wisconsin and wind its way through the East Coast and Midwest coming to a close on June 21st in Chicago, Illinois.

    The band will be touring in support of third full-length, Hydra, released via Small Stone last year. Gushed Sputnik Music in a 4.5/5 review, "On their third album, Malmö-based DEVILLE are at the top of their game following the footsteps of such acclaimed outfits as Dozer, Lowrider and Truckfighters. Even though their prime influences are rather apparent, DEVILLE opt for modern production that accentuates their fuzzy guitar tone placing their style in a distinctly contemporary context. The foursome ventures into heavy metal, alternative rock and even pop making all these arbitrary influences integral ingredients of their style.

    That's why, Hydra sounds more like an extension to the booming stoner rock scene than a relic of the past, embracing various directions that the quartet's peers usually steer clear of." Metal Temple commended the band's "brilliant riffs and hooks, and great choruses," Blabbermouth opined, "there's plenty of brawn, bluster and ...guitars all over Hydra; but lots of texture and flexibility too, offering clever dynamics and evincing broader emotions to elevate DEVILLE above the mediocre Orange Cabinet-abusing masses out there," while The Big Takeover added, "Despite his punk rock upbringing, Dave Grohl has a passion for loud and heavy rock and, at times you can hear that in Foo Fighters music. Had Grohl grown up with only classic rock albums and an older brother with a Camaro, it's likely they'd sound like Sweden's DEVILLE. Similar to bands such as Torche or Fu Manchu, DEVILLE weaves their way between the grunge and stoner rock genres, pleasing both fan bases equally."

    Peep the band's official video for "The Knife" at THIS LOCATION.

    Deville @ Facebook
    Deville Official Website
    Small Stone Official Website

    Source: Earsplit PR
    Posted By Savannah

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    Seventh Rule Recordings, in cooperation with the underground marauders of Cvlt Nation, is offering up a chance to win a copy of the corrosive split EP between GRAVES AT SEA and SOURVEIN. 

    Easily among the most devouring doom/sludge releases of the year, Side A is governed by two ravaging numbers from Portland, Oregon's GRAVES AT SEA, whose contributions leave an eerie aura complete with tortured vocals, foreboding composition, and a general sense of dread. Recorded by Billy Anderson, (Melvins, Sleep, Neurosis) "Betting On Black" and "Confession" thunder with the all-consuming sludge for which the band is notorious, flooding in amongst the tortured howls and shrieks of vocalist Nathan Misterek. Said Decibel Magazine in an 8/10 review of the record, "GRAVES AT SEA... infuse the blackened, crusty sludge/doom that made their rep the last decade with a newfound command and groove. Vocalist Nathan Misterek's skinless screech alone would justify purchase price plus shipping even if this whole split weren't so damn good." 

    The resin-coated Cape Fear carnage of SOURVEIN, who've now existed for two decades of distortion, damage and deafening doom, conquers Side B with three songs produced and recorded by Mike Dean of Corrosion Of Conformity. These heinous hymns of heavy - "Driffter,""Equinox" and "Follow The Light" - combine toxic riffs, groove and just the right amount of psychedelic appeal to fuck your face right off its hinges. In that same review, Decibel opines, "Easily one of the most soulful singers in doom metal, sole remaining original member T-Roy Medlin brings a fuckload of nuance to knuckle dragger bolero 'Drifter' turning what might have otherwise been a decent (relatively) up tempo number into a worthy object of study for anyone bent on learning to balance gut-felt emotion with spectral detachment."

    But wait! Doomheads will get a chance to win a copy of the wicked wax from Cvlt Nation! All you need to do is ENTER at THIS LOCATION  where you can also stream the split in its entirety. Two winners will be announced on Friday at 12:00pm PST so don't dawdle!

    Feeling unlucky? Orders for all formats can be placed HERE.

    "Any fan of stoner or doom metal should break out the paraphernalia for this one, because it covers all the bases." - Cvlt Nation

    "These bands are to one another both kin and complement, as the sounds thumb a parallel helix yet manage to separate themselves from one another just enough. But that's hardly the success here. Each song on either side serves as its own showcase of a band intent on keeping too many false smiles from polluting our planet. This split simply crushes from either side of the wax. It's a tad bright outside for my squints to adjust, so I'm gonna sit here in my basement, blast this staggering marriage of dissonance and harmony, and wait for the fuzz to pound my front door." - Heavy Planet


    Graves at Sea @ Facebook
    Sourvein @ Facebook
    Seventh Rule.Com

    Source: Earsplit PR
    Posted By Savannah




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    The ground will shake as Future Noise bring two rising titans of the UK underground together for what will be one of the heaviest releases of the year. Blackburn's noisiest sludge merchants, BASTARD OF THE SKIES, and Birmingham's purveyors of filthy doom, GRIMPEN MIRE, go head-to-head on a limited split 12" featuring new material from both bands.

    BASTARD OF THE SKIES takes over Side A, with four songs that further reinforce the potency of their hard-hitting, sludgy noise rock that so captivated anyone subjected to their most recent full-length, 2012's Tarnation. Cavernous, bass-heavy monsters like "Yarn" or closing behemoth, "Old Vessels" will make side A's twenty-minutes feel like twenty-years of ugliness, corruption and anger as the unstoppable mega-riffs pile around the poor listener.

    Side B is left entirely to GRIMPEN MIRE's sonic pollution, and their twenty-minutes are spent with but three songs, each driving the listener down into a deeper, darker pit of death and despair. Sounding even more despondent than they did on their cult debut full-length, 2012's A Plague Upon Your Houses which still seems to plague us today, GRIMPEN MIRE delivers proper horrid doom as a perfect complement to BASTARD OF THE SKIES' opening confrontational aggression.

    All seven songs were recorded by BASTARD OF THE SKIES guitarist/vocalist Matt Richardson at his own Full Stack Studio, and to further reinforce the massive weight of both bands, master of sonic grimness, James Plotkin (OLD, Khanate, Khlyst), was roped in for a typically amazing mastering job. The limited 12" is adorned by Michael Cowell's deeply evocative artwork, perfectly capturing the feeling of creeping dread evoked by both bands.

    BASTARD OF THE SKIES + GRIMPEN MIRE Split 12" Track Listing:
    1. Yarn (BASTARD OF THE SKIES)
    2. Bao Fu (BASTARD OF THE SKIES)
    3. Wounder (BASTARD OF THE SKIES)
    4. Old Vessels (BASTARD OF THE SKIES)
    5. Hollow Wreck (GRIMPEN MIRE)
    6. Vermin Hive (GRIMPEN MIRE)
    7. Fragments Of Forgotten Craft (GRIMPEN MIRE)


    BASTARD OF THE SKIES:
    Matt Richardson - vocals/guitar
    Claire Horrocks - bass
    Matt Aldred - drums

    GRIMPEN MIRE:
    Paul Van Linden - bass/vocals
    Jim Goad - guitar/vocals
    Ian Davis - drums


    Further BASTARD OF THE SKIES + GRIMPEN MIRE intel to be announced in the coming weeks. For ordering info, go to THIS LOCATION.

    Future Noise Official Website
    Bastard of the Skies @ Facebook
    Grimpen Mire @ Facebook

    Source: Earsplit PR
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    U.K. doom metal veterans MY DYING BRIDE have parted ways with guitarist Hamish Glencross due to "irreconcilable differences" and have been rejoined by Calvin Robertshaw.

    MY DYING BRIDE's three remaining festival appearances in 2014 — Denmark's Copenhell on June 13, Slovenia's Metaldays on July 25 and Czech Republic's Brutal Assault on August 9 — will all go ahead as planned and will feature the band's longstanding guitar technician Robb Philpotts filling in on guitar.

    Regarding Robertshaw's return to MY DYING BRIDE, the band states: "Calvin is one of the original guitarists that helped make MY DYING BRIDE what it is today. His departure after the now-infamous '34.788% Complete' album left us all stunned but now we have convinced him to rejoin and are sure this is going to be a success.

    "We feel that MY DYING BRIDE has now stabilised again and we are really, really excited at the prospect of going forward as a band united again by doom metal music.

    "We will be working together with Calvin on finishing the new LP, which we plan to record later this year.

    "The writing of the new LP has been progressing somewhat slower than usual due to our internal problems, but despite that we now have around seven new songs in a very complete fashion, obviously we are now all wondering what Calvin can bring and now can't wait to get back into the studio to find out.

    "The studio we have chosen to use for the majority of the recording is our old haunt Academy Studios. Then we will be back at Futureworks for some finishing off and possibly vocals. Time will tell.

    "We would like to thank from the very bottom of all our hearts, all of our supporters old and new for their patience and love, we promise you a continued and very much stronger MY DYING BRIDE in the future."

    MY DYING BRIDE released a new EP, "The Manuscript", in May 2013 via Peaceville Records on CD and vinyl.

    "The Manuscript" contained four new and exclusive songs. It was recorded and mixed at Futureworks Studios in Manchester, U.K. with the band's longtime producer, Rob "Mags" Magoolagan.

    MY DYING BRIDE's latest full-length album, "A Map Of All Our Failures", was released on October 15, 2012 in Europe and October 16, 2012 in the U.S. via Peaceville Records on CD, double vinyl and special-edition CD+DVD.



    Source: Blabbermouth
    Posted By Savannah

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  • 06/10/14--20:50: Ankhagram - Under Ruins ...
  • If Shape of Despair had followed up 'Shades of...' with the brilliant formula they created, it probably would've sounded strikingly similar Ankhagram's 'Under Ruins'.

    This album brings to mind the similarities that Ashes You Leave's debut had to the My Dying Bride's 'As the Flower Withers'. However this isn't out and out plagiarism but it is pretty damn close.

    This one man Russian powerhouse hit things off right with his third release. Surprisingly good production helps bring each song to its full potential.

    The slow chugging guitars contrast nicely with feedback laden droning dirges. There are no real solos but there are some mournful leads. The keyboards provide a sufficient if buried atmospheric backbone to each song.

    The music is beautiful and doesn't lack for much of anything. The subject matter is akin to its forefathers and is delivered with decidedly better growls than the aforementioned. The music itself, tranquil in its delivery, does well to lull the listener into a peaceful if dark state of mind. Building on its borrowed foundation the band does well to fuse small amounts of drone with their more unique funeral structures. The long sustained passages are both dark and oddly uplifting; something highly original to Ankhagram.

    The songs are heavy but tempered with enough melody to make them more accessible than your average funeral doom band. Soft piano notes play damning patterns under despondent riffs. This isn't as keyboard/effects heavy as his later work which is a nice change to his more orchestrated albums. The songs are slow with mid(up)-tempo bits here and there. Shining hope into the darkest most inhospitable of abysses.

    This is a band (project) that has a vast amount of untapped potential and continually delivers high quality doom metal and is one to watch. This band would appeal to fans of atmospheric doom. This gets an 8/10.

    Words: Grimmdoom

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  • 06/10/14--20:51: Vallenfrye - Splinters ...
  • Far too often when a so-called "super group" and/or a group of veterans get together to make something, be it a one off album or a full time band, it falls well short of expectation. It does this by out and out sucking or being painfully generic; which only makes Vallenfrye's existence all the more exciting as they didn't do either.

    With the opening song giving you the sense of urgency akin to finding a fallout shelter as the air raid siren goes off, this album hits you hard from start to finish. The intensity doesn't let up either as this motley band of underground old-timers reminds why there's no school like the old school.

    The distorted bass adds a fuzzy/grinding sound to the already heavy guitars. The drums have a very punky feel to them as well. While the crust influence is still present there is a more doom/death vibe. Calling the band doom/death based solely on their debut is a pure misnomer. There is doom in their sound for sure, but it's more of a latent influence than a style. 'Splinters' on the other hand slots easily in the actual doom category.

    The guitars are mostly crunchy with simplistic leads and solos and an unusual amount of feedback. Gregor's lead style is hard to mistake and the few harmonized leads and tandem guitar parts work well. The angry bass tone really adds a lot of rage to the overall tone of the music. Combine the strings with the decidedly punky and blast happy drums and you get the awesomeness that is Vallenfrye.

    The vocals are a little better than they were previously too. Either Gregor has learned more about singing or he's more confident in his abilities. Either way he blows Nick Holmes out of the water. Quite frankly he'd do better to front Paradise Lost at this point.

    The music is dirty and raw and in this day and age of pristine sounding over produced albums it's refreshing to hear an actual band playing as if they're in a rehearsal space. Big sound plus big attitude equals lots of fun. In spite of the dark, dreary and painful lyrical content this is just fun. This gets a 7.5/10 and is recommended to all.

    Words: Grimmdoom

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  • 06/10/14--20:54: Ophis - Stream of Misery ...
  • Ophis is an interesting band for a few reasons but the biggest is that they're German and they don't sound like Helloween. Another reason is while their a doom/death band they have an obscene amount of black metal in their riffs and yet don't sound anything like dark metal.

    Another reason is they're surprisingly good. Put all these things together and you get the quartet that is Ophis.

    Angry guitars dominate the landscape as spite filled riffs
    hit the listener relentlessly from start to finish.

    Typically opened chorded passages that evolve into moderate to slow chugging dirges of pure pain are what to expect here. The drums have an nice minimalism about them; specifically that they are very understated but not buried in the near constant wall of sound.

    Despite the unresolved anger issues the band unabashedly exhibits there is a lot of melancholy in the mix. Despite the fact there are two guitarists in the band they tend to follow each other too closely.

    The guitars are mostly distorted with a few clean parts over distorted riffs. There are very few leads and no solos. The music overall is mostly slow to moderate with a few faster bursts here and there. The double bass work is very rudimentary but very clean and incredibly fast in said parts.

    The music is simplistic but effective and while hinting at mid period My Dying Bride (and perhaps Orphaned Land oddly) at times is fairly original. There is a good mix of death to black in this doom alternating between more passive black passages and more bludgeoning death passages. The vocals are great too opting for death growls over shrieks.

    Not the most subtle or poetic, this album reinforces the stereotype that Germans have no sense of humor. Thankfully they typically seem to deliver on the musical front. This gets a 7.5/10.

    Words Grimmdoom

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    Endless Winter has an impressive roster of doom flavored bands and Falling Leaves certainly shines through as one of the better ones. Hailing from Jordan, of all places, their debut is a excellent modern interpretation of a classic form.

    Hints of early Draconian (sans the female vocals) and oddly The Sins of Thy Beloved (only better, tighter and listen-able) mesh with The Gathering (Always...era) and Ashes You Leave (The Passage Back to Life era). Downtrodden leads drive each song over more melodic guitar work which is accented by atmospheric keyboards. The session violin work is beautiful and avoids the cliché's and sloppy gypsy nonsense that TSOTB ruined every album with.

    Mournful mid-range clean vocals flit around more traditional guttural howls and semi-spoken words. Their not as menacing or powerful as their peers but their not as one dimensional either. The other instruments; bass and drums obviously, don't do much to impress but rather blend in to each song accordingly. The piano work is standard in its passion and general melancholia. Subtle key strokes melt together with the somber violins only barely avoiding being cheesy.It's odd that the violins were only from session members as they tend to take on larger lead rolls.

    The biggest criticisms here are the band tend to wear their influences on their sleeves. There is a fair amount of originality but they come to close to their idols too often.

    Over all the music is very enjoyable. To call it laid back wouldn't be completely accurate. It's more of a slow succumbing to an eventual fate and simply taking its disheartened time to get there. This band has a lot of room to grow and should satisfy bands of the style.....7.5/10

    Words: Grimmdoom

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    Yes, they just got done signing a deal with Spinefarm Records,  but Dorset UK-based Doom legend ELECTRIC WIZARD are once again without a drummer. As reported on Italian Webzine Doommabbestia and Mark Greening’s Facebook page, he is

    “very gutted and sad but unfortunately I will never get to play live the New electric wizard tracks I recorded/written as Liz has sacked me from the band,gutted but electric wizard are no longer the band I once formed with Justin and Tim many moons ago more of a who can dress the most 1970s club,all I can say is at least the New album will be better than the last three.make love not war.”

    As well as a new album, Electric Wizard are also due to play several Festivals, including Hellfest in Clisson, France, Sonisphere at Knebworth, UK and Desertfest Belgium in Antwerp.

    Words: Ed & Savannah

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  • 06/12/14--11:01: Ashes You Leave - Fire ...
  • The fourth installment from this Croatian sextet sees them furthering their development as a prime example of Gothic metal. This release has the most attitude, but there are some blaring flaws.

    The production is probably on par or slightly better than the album before. The guitars are all around consistent with shades of heavy and light being used equally for the most part (the album does lean towards the more melodic side after all is said and done). Their are some decent leads and even some solos here and there. The bass doesn't do anything world shattering, but the drums are incredibly tight.

    The keyboards are perhaps the most prevalent here than on any prior release. They follow the guitars through much of the music while still maintaining their atmospheric purpose. The violin is a little more adventurous on this album and is in more of a lead role for once.

    The vocals are as stated above, very passionate and overall OK. It seems like on most of this bands albums Dunja is singing above her ability and while some people can get away with this, most can't. However newcomer Marina Zrilic' seems to have had some actual vocal training prior to this albums release as there are more overly operatic moments interspersed with noticeably flat notes. Over all, there is a very sensual feel to the vocals that create a more romantic mood.

    Some of the complaints are regarding the vocals. The song 'In Vain' is one where the vocals could have been stepped up, or down perhaps as towards the climax of the song an effect is added to her voice that makes it sound like the mic went awry for a few seconds or that it was missed in editing. Most of the moments in question are within the first few songs on the album. Another issue would be the lack of actual doom. For what little is here it's clear the band was done with the style.

    This band is pretty cool and worth a listen if you're into goth or if your just in mood for something different. This gets a 5.5/10.

    Words: Grimmdoom

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    After three long and torturous years of waiting for a new album Irish doomsters Mourning Beloveth finally saw it fit to bestow upon their fans a new and questionable album

    This is by far the bands best produced effort to date as it somewhat breaks the mold of the prior three albums venturing into new and ultimately dull territories.

    The production is solid, slightly better than ‘A Murderous Circus’ and brings out the pain and suffering in every note. The guitars are heavy, monstrous and surprisingly epic.

    The leads and rhythms are noticeably different from the bands original style all the while staying true to their sound. This is the bands crunchiest CD yet and it doesn’t take away from the long, drawn out dirges that we’re used to.

    The bass is ominous and plodding. It follows the guitars a bit too much however. The drums are even more expressive and help to lay a new foundation for what would have otherwise been a tired formula.

    The vocals range from clean spoken and sung to Darren’s usual growls/shrieks. The cleans are outstanding as Frank really goes above and beyond his typical mid-range wailing to show us that he does in fact have a surprisingly good high range. Darren uses less of his spoken words and more or less goes for his typical growls.

    As the album opens its apparent that this isn’t your typical MB release. The newest addition to the band has certainly added a new dimension. This album, like all their albums, is faster than the last, in saying that, it’s still very much a doom/death album.

    This album is more angry with less emphasis on the sorrow. That's not a bad thing but this album does get boring quickly. For all its good points the song writing is very stagnant and really doesn't go anywhere. Had there been better song writing this album could've been their best as their hearts were clearly in the right place when recording this. This isn't some sophomoric attempt at darkness but ultimately falls well below the mark. This gets a 4.5/10. Probably worth it for die hard fans only.

    Words: Grimmdoom

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    This September, two years after leveling the expectations of critics and listeners alike with
    Atma, doom trio powerhouse, YOB, will unveil Clearing The Path To Ascend, an aptly titled album for what will undoubtedly be the crowning achievement for a band whose journey now nears two decades of creating music that is at once commanding and cathartic.

    As is the YOB way, the four tracks comprising Clearing The Path To Ascend don't simply offer a vacuous glimpse into the already riff-soaked doom genre; these songs demand the tandem attention of mind, body, and soul, etching a mark across a sound that finds YOB as formidable as they've ever been. True ascension requires a destruction of those barriers that prevent any movement forward. Unsurprisingly, YOB pummels any and all of these obstacles with absolute authority, clearing the way for a genuinely visceral listening experience and climbing upward into a realm that sets the band in a heavy metal place that has been and will always remain wholly their own.



    YOB's music is not unlike the path that's let them to their current place among heavy metal's elite, slowly building from a hushed ethereal vapor into the thunderous and masterful tumult of sound domination. The ethereal mists of Eugene, Oregon no doubt provided the perfect catalyst for founding member and vocalist Mike Scheidt to call up the signature of surging doom that would soon come to garner YOB its current position as one of the most respected and revered bands in all of heavy metal. While giving due sonic credit to the cornerstone influences such as Cathedral, Sleep, Electric Wizard, and Black Sabbath -- YOB immediately set out to define a sound wholly singular and utterly devastating in its cathartic enormity.  

    Those threads of progressive rock and drone that have always underscored the music of YOB are now fully realized with Clearing The Path To Ascend. Drummer Travis Foster wields his signature rhythmic furor here with bombastic precision while bassist Aaron Rieseberg coils around the sonic tide with an unforgiving churn all the while in a deadly synchronicity with Scheidt's uncanny vocal range and its pendulous movement between the triumphant howls of a medieval madman and the earth splitting growls of a war-battered titan.

    With Clearing The Path To Ascend, YOB explores a thunderous dimension that's familiar in its auditory clout but completely new in the execution of its trajectory, taking the band's sound into a remarkable place as ethereally compelling in its aesthetic, as it is merciless in the magnitude of its sound.

    Comments Scheidt, "Writing this album felt like being plugged into a main. Emotionally, it's our heaviest. But it also has some real beauty and light. We dug the deepest we ever have to get to the heart of these tunes." Behold the artwork that will adorn this work of art, and check out the track listing below:

    Clearing The Path To Ascend Track Listing:
    1. In Our Blood
    2. Nothing To Win
    3. Unmask The Spectre
    4. Marrow


    Clearing The Path To Ascend will be released in the US on September 2nd, 
    2014 via Neurot Recordings. Don't forget to check out the first sampling of the record at THIS LOCATION.

    "YOB might be one of the best bands in North America," - Ben Ratliff; New York Times

    "The second track on Clearing The Path To Ascend has some of the most furious drums I've ever heard from Travis Foster. We're talking Through Silver In Blood-level." - The Obelisk's Roadburn 2014 Recap

    For all YOB coverage in North America contact liz@earsplitcompound.com, in Germany contact ansgar@community-promotion.com, and in the rest of Europe contact lauren@rarelyunable.com.

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    Source: Earsplit PR
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  • 06/12/14--11:08: Oceanwake - Kingdom ...
  • Finland has a history of housing both world class and sub par bands, thankfully Oceanwake nicely ranks near the top of the prior. This debut is obscenely powerful and without question rivals the bands that inspired its creation.

    Sounding like a fresh blend of Swallow the Sun (borrowing a few riffs from the bands first album in fact) and Aphotic and presented in a post metal finish this band really lacks for nothing. Energetic and constantly flowing, the sound presented is both ponderous and enigmatic, heavy and unpredictable; this band delivers with each song.

    The guitars have a thick and somewhat dry tone easily the most modern (i.e. "post") part of their sound. The music is very original and while some of the ground they walk upon is familiar they mostly stay off the beaten path opting to run along side it and occasionally venture on it. The bass and drums also have the same vibrant attitude and feeling.

    The singer is probably the biggest let down here as his voice is fairly corish (though he does try admirably too to fit the metal mold.) His highs are the same as Mikko Kotamäki (Swallow the Sun) as are his more gutturally lows, however his mid/low main vocal attack is where his punky aesthetics shine through.

    The band never bludgeons the listener but they are incredibly heavy; and while never truly atavistic they do add their own signature.

    Dark and light constantly play off each other on this album. Be it through clean or distorted riffs the music is deeply beautiful and uneasy with a side of anxiety which is an oddly soothing mixture. This is a band to watch closely as they should go far. This is recommended for fans of the aforementioned and doom in general. 9/10!!

    Words: Grimmdoom

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